Bright Smiles of Winter Haven

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First Visit

Your Child's First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Ensuring your child has a dental home increases the likelihood they will receive consistent, preventive, and routine oral health care.

Before your visit to Bright Smiles of Winter Haven, share with your child that the dentist is a kind doctor dedicated to keeping their teeth healthy. Discuss the upcoming visit positively and in a way that’s appropriate for their age, similar to how you would introduce any new experience. It’s important to manage your own apprehensions about dental visits to avoid passing on any anxieties—stay clear of negative words. A trip to Bright Smiles of Winter Haven can be an enjoyable adventure for both you and your child, filled with new discoveries and learning opportunities for maintaining dental health.

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What To Expect

At Bright Smiles of Winter Haven, the initial visit is all about welcoming your child into our caring dental family. They’ll get to meet our friendly dental team and become familiar with the tools we use, like our tiny mouth mirror and the tooth counter, in a fun and educational way. You and your child will also discover the vital role of preventive home care, learning techniques to keep their teeth healthy and strong.

Our dentist will carefully check your child’s teeth, gums, and the rest of their mouth. For younger children, we might suggest a “lap exam” where your child sits on your lap and leans back into the dentist’s care. This approach helps us conduct a thorough examination efficiently and comfortably, ensuring your child feels secure and supported throughout the process.

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Child Tailored Dentistry

At Bright Smiles of Winter Haven, we recognize the uniqueness of every child, understanding that each comes with their own sensitivities and comfort levels. If we notice that your child is feeling particularly anxious, we’re prepared to adjust the visit accordingly to prioritize their comfort. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that every child leaves our clinic with a smile, feeling positive about their experiences. The support and encouraging words from our staff—and from parents and guardians—play a crucial role in fostering a sense of trust and confidence that can benefit them for years to come.

Depending on your child’s age and how comfortable they feel, we might carry out a comprehensive teeth cleaning, exam and apply a fluoride treatment. We only resort to X-rays when it’s absolutely necessary, typically starting from the age of 3. These X-rays are crucial for spotting any hidden decay between teeth and for assessing the development of permanent teeth. A developmental assessment is always part of our process, and should there be any orthodontic needs, we’re ready to refer you to trusted specialists in the area. If there’s a need for further treatments, such as fillings, we will schedule follow-up appointments accordingly.

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Happy diverse school children - Bright Smiles of Winter Haven | Near Winter Haven and Central Florida

Child Tailored Dentistry

At Bright Smiles of Winter Haven, we recognize the uniqueness of every child, understanding that each comes with their own sensitivities and comfort levels. If we notice that your child is feeling particularly anxious, we’re prepared to adjust the visit accordingly to prioritize their comfort. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that every child leaves our clinic with a smile, feeling positive about their experiences. The support and encouraging words from our staff—and from parents and guardians—play a crucial role in fostering a sense of trust and confidence that can benefit them for years to come.

Depending on your child’s age and how comfortable they feel, we might carry out a comprehensive teeth cleaning, exam and apply a fluoride treatment. We only resort to X-rays when it’s absolutely necessary, typically starting from the age of 3. These X-rays are crucial for spotting any hidden decay between teeth and for assessing the development of permanent teeth. A developmental assessment is always part of our process, and should there be any orthodontic needs, we’re ready to refer you to trusted specialists in the area. If there’s a need for further treatments, such as fillings, we will schedule follow-up appointments accordingly.

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New Patient Forms

Below, you’ll find all the necessary forms to streamline your visit and ensure a smooth experience for both you and your little one. We understand the importance of comprehensive care and strive to make each visit comfortable and enjoyable. Please take a moment to complete the forms below prior to your appointment. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our practice!